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Housing related anti-social behaviour

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Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant has called on social landlords, housing associations and local authorities to help tackle the causes of Anti-social Behaviour.
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Anti-social behaviour includes any behaviour which adversely affects others and disturbs their quality of life.

Anti-social behaviour covers a broad spectrum, ranging from litter dropping to low level criminal activity. It can cause minor irritation or can be utterly devastating.

Whilst anti-social behaviour is not just a housing issue, it is clear that the housing sector has an important role to play in preventing and responding to it. Indeed, in many cases social landlords have taken the lead on tackling anti-social behaviour in their communities. There are many examples of good practice within the sector.

Much anti-social behaviour is not criminal in its nature, but this type of behaviour does undermine people’s confidence that crime is being tackled and fuels a fear of crime.

It should be remembered that anti-social behaviour is not just a social housing issue - it can occur in any neighbourhood regardless of tenure.

Independent Research Report

An independent research report looking at how social landlords tackle anti-social behaviour was published in February 2014.

The review identified effective approaches and best practice, including case studies, and possible improvements.
 
The report made a number of key recommendations covering:

  • prevention
  • early intervention
  • multi-agency and partnership working
  • information sharing
  • using a ‘twin tracked’ approach of enforcement alongside support.

The recommendations from the report will feed into the new National Framework for Social Landlords Tackling Anti-social Behaviour. This framework will replace the Wales Housing Management Standard for Tackling Anti-social Behaviour.

Social Landlord Anti-social Behaviour Risk Assessment Pilot: Evaluation

The results of a Welsh Government Policy and Practice Review into anti-social behaviour (2014) stated adopting a risk assessment approach had the potential to greatly assist multi-agency working and ultimately the delivery of an effective victim-centred response to housing-related anti-social Behaviour.

The Welsh Government, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, South Wales Police and five social housing providers came together to trial an anti-social behaviour risk assessment tool within the social housing sector. The pilot was undertaken over a four month period between July and October 2015.

Evidence highlights some challenges relating to the capacity and capability of social landlords to integrate a new risk assessment process, although this can be addressed with more training and pre-planning. The findings suggest understanding anti-social behaviour in the context of a range of vulnerabilities is important in order to properly respond to anti-social behaviour from a victim perspective.

For further information please contact:

Louise Jones, Housing Strategy and Management Team

Phone: 0300 062 8920.
Email: Louise.Jones3@wales.gsi.gov.uk

Commencement of the housing aspects of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act in Wales

The Welsh Ministers have the power to commence certain specified provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (the Act) in relation to Wales.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (Commencement No. 1 and Transitory Provisions) (Wales) Order was made on the 13 May 2014 by the Welsh Government that brings into force in Wales those sections in Part 5 of the Act (Recovery of possession of dwelling-houses: anti-social behaviour grounds) that had recently commenced in England only.